23 days in Montana Itinerary

23 days in Montana Itinerary

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Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
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Whitefish
— 3 nights
3
Great Falls
— 2 nights
4
Helena
— 3 nights
5
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
6
Bozeman
— 3 nights
7
Billings
— 4 nights

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Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Step out of Glacier National Park to go to Polebridge and see The Polebridge Mercantile, which is approximately 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Grinnell Glacier, explore the activities along Bowman Lake, trek along Swiftcurrent Falls, and admire the sheer force of Baring Falls.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Glacier National Park vacation maker.

New York City to Glacier National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from New York City to Glacier National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from New York City, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Glacier National Park, ranging from highs of 56°F to lows of 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

The Polebridge Mercantile
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Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

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Whitefish

Whitefish ©
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Whitefish side-trips: Bigfork (Eric Thorsen Art Studio, Howe’s Fishing – A Able/Mo Fisch Charters and Tours, &more) and Glacier National Park (in West Glacier). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's more to do: make a trip to Whitefish Depot.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Whitefish trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Whitefish takes 1.5 hours. October in Whitefish sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bigfork, Glacier National Park
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Glacier National Park ©
Glacier National Park
Whitefish Mountain Resort ©
Whitefish Mountain Resort
Eric Thorsen Art Studio ©
Eric Thorsen Art Studio

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Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 16th (Fri), examine the collection at C.M. Russell Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Springs State Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ann Cathedral, hike along River's Edge Trail, then get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre, and finally play a few rounds at Valley View Garden Golf.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Falls trip planner.

You can drive from Whitefish to Great Falls in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Great Falls are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum

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Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helena: Butte (Old Lexington Stamp Mill and Gardens, MBMG Mineral Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol, catch some excitement at Great Northern Carousel, sample the tasty concoctions at Blackfoot River Brewing Co, and get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Helena using our trip planner.

Getting from Great Falls to Helena by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Butte
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Headframe Spirits ©
Headframe Spirits
Montana State Capitol ©
Montana State Capitol
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena

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West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Change things up with a short trip to Horseback Riding Tours in Gardiner (about 2h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, stroll through Earthquake Lake, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Yellowstone, and look for gifts at Send it Home.

Plan a West Yellowstone trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Helena to West Yellowstone takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helena in October: high temperatures in West Yellowstone hover around 50°F and lows are around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Horseback Riding Tours
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Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Fishing Charters & Tours

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Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Get out of town with these interesting Bozeman side-trips: Big Sky (The Soldiers Chapel, Ousel Falls Trail, &more). And it doesn't end there: look and learn at Museum of the Rockies, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Yellowstone Safari Company, meet the residents at Montana Grizzly Encounter, and test your team's savvy at Escape Room Montana.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bozeman driving holiday website.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Bozeman by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from West Yellowstone in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Bozeman, with highs around 59°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Big Sky, Escape Room Montana
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Yellowstone Safari Company ©
Yellowstone Safari Company
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman

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Billings

Billings ©
Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Horn County Historical Museum (in Hardin) and Crow Agency (Little Bighorn Battlefield & Custer Battlefield Trading Company). There's much more to do: test your team's savvy at The Grand Escape Room, trot along with a tour on horseback, take in the dramatic natural features at The Rimrocks, and explore the world behind art at Yellowstone Art Museum.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Billings journey website.

You can drive from Bozeman to Billings in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Billings when traveling from Bozeman in October, with lows around 39°F. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Big Horn County Historical Museum
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The Grand Escape Room ©
The Grand Escape Room
Horseback Riding Tours
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion

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